Wick Brothers To Continue Their Careers At The University of Wisconsin

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Oct 082015


Photos Courtesy of Tony Rotundo (www.wrestlersarewarriors.com) and Will Lester (www.insidesocal.com)
By Pablo Di Maria
After a phenomenonal off season that saw Zander and Evan Wick become Fargo All-Americans, the twins have decided to wrestle for Coach Barry Davis at the University of Wisconsin. Zander placed fifth at Fargo while twin brother Evan was a Fargo runner-up at 142-pounds. During the tournament, Evan knocked out Pennsylvania state champion Hayden Hidlay in the quarterfinals 14-13.
Both brothers are favorites to win the California Interscholastic Championship in the upcoming season. Zander is also a three-time Folkstyle Nationals All-American. Evan and Zander picked the Badgers over Iowa State, North Carolina State, Drexel and ODU.
Zander is projected to wrestle at 157-pounds, while Evan at 165-pounds.

Panthers Finish 4th at Santa Ana Tournament: Ranked 4th in State

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Oct 062015


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SCC hit the road to Southern California to meet up with State #1 Fresno City College and all of the south teams. The Panthers came away with 4th place, slipping a spot from the previous week.
For the third week in a row, SCC had the two finalists at 165 pounds.  Undefeated Kaleio Romero (FR-Oakmont) and Dylan Forzani (Soph-Salinas) both made it to the finals again and claimed the co-championship.  It is a great accomplishment for the two and the school. Romero improved to 12-0 on the season.  Forzani is now 11-1 with his only loss coming to Romero in the finals of the SCC Tourney.  Both had a solid tournament, but both were pushed in the semi-finals.  Romero needed 2 overtimes to knock off Reed South of Mt. San Antonio and Forzani won a 10-9 squeaker on riding time to reach the final. Romero and Forzani are ranked #1 and #2 in the state respectively. Derek Lee Loy (FR-Hawaii) finished tied for fifth, making this the strongest weight on the team currently.  He is ranked #8 in the state.  He went 4-2 on the day with the losses coming to both South and Collin.
 Also making the finals for the 2nd time was Trevor Wright (FR-Winters). Wright who is 11-3 and leads the team with 7 pins, is currently ranked #2 in the state. He met Joel Villa of Cerritos in the semi’s for the second week. The first time, Villa caught Wright for a fall in the first period.  This time Wright turned it around.  After scoring a takedown and near-fall, Trevor kept the pressure on till he got the fall and avenge the earlier loss. In the finals he lost to #1 ranked Mo Nasser of Fresno, but wrestled very tough throughout. Also at 174 and placing was 7th ranked Isaiah Smith (Soph-Orland). He has finished 5th, 6th and 3rd in his tournaments.  He lost to #1 Nassar and then to #4 Alex Gallo of Palomar. Gallo won 4-3.
 Chris Vaughan (Soph-149) had a nice tournament, especially considering he lost his first match of the day.  He bounced back with 5 straight wins to take 3rdplace.  Three of those wins were by fall and two were over wrestlers ranked higher than Vaughan in the previous rankings.  The match for third was a pin over Isaiah Alva of Fresno, who had defeated Chris twice by 2-1 scores. His record is now 12-5 and he is ranked #5 in the state.
 Two other Panthers garnered 4th place finishes, but went about it in different fashion.  Nick Rohrer (Soph-Oak Ridge-184) and Jason Zecchini (Soph-Mt. Whitney -197) each took home a 4th place medal. Rohrer, wrestling in his first meet of the year, made it to the semi’s after defeating the #2 seed and 2nd ranked Kolton Martin of Mt. San Antonio in a 14-12, very exciting match.  He then lost in the semi’s, bounced back with a win in the conso-semi, and defaulted out for the 4thplace finish.   Zecchini lost his first match of the day, then won 5 in a row before losing the 3rd place match to Ryan Padilla of Mt. San Antonio. Rohrer’s efforts vaulted him to the #8 ranking in the state after his first meet, while Zecchini is now ranked 6th in state.
 Three Panthers tied for 5th place as the tournament does not wrestle off for that spot.  Carlos Alvarez (FR – Folsom-141), Antonio Jimenez (FR-Franklin-141) and Chase Miles (FR-Sutter-157). Miles made it to the semi’s and lost to #1 seed Josh Annis of Fresno City.  He then lost to Kirk Kaliswzewski of Palomar.  Alvarez lost his first match of the day to none other his teammate Jimenez.  He won his next 4 matches to get the consolation semi and lost to Elias Mercado of Rio Hondo.  Jimenez also lost to Mercado in the quarters, came down to consolations and won his next two matches before bowing out to Richard Pocock of Cerritos.
 Christian Carbajal (Soph-Hawaii-125), Ryan Rosales (FR-Elk Grove-184), Bishane Sagal (FR-Oak Ridge-197) and D’Juan Ewing-Smalls (Soph-McClatchy-285) all finished in a tie for 7th in their respective weights.
 Others getting wins for the Panthers were:  Josh Ploke (FR-Oak Ridge-125); Tou Vang (Soph-Rosemont-141); Hunter Minton (FR-Sutter-141); Malachi Estep (FR-Rodriguez-157); Tavian Del Rosario (FR-Hawaii-174); Jordan Denny (FR-Folsom-174); Joey Beard (Soph-McClatchy-184); Alex Briano (Soph-Salinas-197); and Austin Reynolds (FR-El Camino-285).
 The Panthers have this week off then start next week, Oct. 14 with a dual at home against Shasta College. SCC with be looking for the Drive For Five, straight Big 8 Conference Championships.
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The Journeyman Classic Not Too Kind To Their California Counterparts

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Oct 052015


Photo Courtesy of Damian Martinez
By Pablo Di Maria
SCOTIA, NY. – It was a tough day for the small group of athletes from the Golden State in the Journeyman tournament in New York. Many of the best wrestlers from the East Coast attend this preseason tournament that draws the best wrestlers from around the nation. Chase Zollman of Poway High (113 lbs.), Chris Campbell of Mission Oaks High (120 lbs.) and Chris DeLoza of Clovis North High (130 lbs.) went into the tournament with high expectations of winning the Hammer, but left disappointed.
Zollman who finish seventh in the state tournament started the day by defeating New York state and Fargo All-American Kelan McKenna 1-0. Nevertheless, he lost back-to-back matches to end up wrestling in the 5th/6th place match where he lost 2-1 to North Carolina State recruit Tommy Cox of New York.
Highly recruit Chris Campbell of Mission Oaks High started things off by beating New Jersey state runner-up Gianni Ghione in a close 5-4 match. Campbell them dropped two consecutive matches and was put in the 5th/6th match. In the fifth place match, Campbell defeated New York state champion Theo Powers 3-2.
Wrestling up two weight classes, Clovis North Chris De Loza had a tough time winning matches in his pool. Despite giving up weight, De Loza lost two of his matches in overtime and gave the other wrestlers a tough match.
“My experience wrestling at the Journeyman tournament was good. It was a very hard tournament and I learned a great deal from my losses this weekend. Now I know what I need to work on to be one of the top guys in the nation,” Said Chris De Loza.
Up next for the wrestlers is the World Challenge at Clovis West High.




ASU Wrestling’s A. Valencia To Redshirt 2015-16 Season

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Oct 012015


Photo Courtesy of John Sachs www.techfall.com
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
TEMPE, Ariz.—In preparation for the upcoming Olympic Trials and the 2016 Rio Olympics, Arizona State wrestling’s Anthony Valencia has decided to redshirt the upcoming competition season, head coach Zeke Jones announced on Wednesday.
Valencia reached the qualification standards while still in high school as he finished in the top-8 at the 2015 Senior World Team Trials earlier this year.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Anthony (Valencia) to compete at the highest level this year while he is at ASU,” Jones said. “He has the opportunity to travel the country and the world to prepare to try to make the Olympic team. The best wrestlers want to not just be NCAA Champions, but World and Olympic Champions as well.”
The U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials will be held in Iowa City, Iowa, in 2016. The event is scheduled for April 8-10, four months prior to the Olympic Games.
The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Valencia joins the Sun Devil program as part of the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, which also includes his brother, Zahid Valencia (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), Lance Benick (Fridley, Minn./Totino-Grace), Tanner Hall (Meridian, Idaho/Meridian), Josh Maruca (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional), and Josh Shields (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional).
ASU will open the 2015-16 season with the Maroon and Gold Intersquad on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Riches Wrestling Campus. The preliminary matches are set for 10 a.m. PT, while the finals are set to follow at 5 p.m. PT.
The 2015-16 campaign will kick off in Morgantown, W.Va., on Sunday, Nov. 8, as ASU competes at the West Virginia Duals. The Sun Devils’ home opener follows on Thursday, Nov. 12 against Northern Colorado at 7:30 p.m. MT at wells Fargo Arena.
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Highlander wrestler to join Grand Canyon University

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Sep 292015


Trence Gillem of Helix Charter
Pablo Di Maria
In order for one to be successful in any sport we compete, we need to be consistent and constantly trained.  That is exactly what Trence Gillem from Helix Charter has done since his freshman season in high school when he first step on a wrestling mat. His sophomore season, Gillem went 2-2 in his respective masters meet and failed to qualify for the state tournament. However, last year Gillem stepped up his game and not only did he qualify for the state tournament, but he also became a place winner by placing eighth at 126-pounds. What made his accomplishment more special was the fact that he defeated fellow San Diego Section wrestler, Scott Kiyono of Poway High 10-7 in the placing round, Also Known As “the blood round.” By placing in the tough California state tournament, recruitment letters were becoming a norm on Gillem’s mail box. However, Gillem has decided that Grand Canyon University is the place he wants to attend college and make his wrestling legacy.
“I had met the coaches before through clinics they had done in San Diego over the summer. When I went for a visit to GCU I felt very welcome by the coaches and the team and felt an immediate bond. My overall impression was that it was a really good fit for me. They also have brand new facilities and the fact that they had a great recruiting class for this year, including other San Diego Section wrestlers Kenneth Moore and Ralph Tovar made my decision easier,” Said Gillem.
Other colleges Gillem was considering, in no particular order: Penn University, Cornell, Brown, Kent State, Cal Poly and Iowa State. Gillem is a really smart kid as he scored a 27 on the ACT test and holds a 4.13 GPA. His goals for this year are the same as last year, to continue putting in the training to get better every day and be a California State Champion. He would also like to thank his coaches at Helix Charter as well as the coaches for his club team at Unleash The Beast for helping him become a better wrestler.


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Sep 292015




TCW TEAM OF THE WEEK – Fresno City College, 9-28-2015
Head Coach, Paul Keysaw and staff are working hard to have the Rams primed and ready by season’s end to challenge for another California Community College State Championships. To date, the Rams have wrestled very well and are poised to keep the strong standing tradition alive. Two weeks ago, they won the KLS Air Express Wrestling Tournament at Sacramento City College in dominating fashion and recently earned top billing at the Golden Eagle Invitational. Overall, the Rams have a great deal of depth, each weight group fielding talent capable of scoring big points.
Upcoming competitions, such as the Santa Ana Tournament is expected to bring to light the state’s no. 1 team when Southern powers, Palomar and Santa Ana colleges compete with Fresno City. The TCW congratulates the Fresno City Rams for earning Team of Week.
MARTIN SANDOVAL - Fresno City College

MARTIN SANDOVAL – Fresno City College

TCW WRESTLER OF THE WEEK – Martin Sandoval – Fresno City College
To be considered the best in your respective sport you must defeat the best. That’s exactly what 2013 CCCAA state champion, Martin Sandoval (Porterville High) did as he defeated 2014 state champion Terrill Sidner from Mt San Antonio, 14-9, in the finals of The Golden Eagle Invitational. Prior to their meeting, Sidner was not scored upon in four of his matches. Despite this achievement, Sandoval proved to be too much for Sidner and the rest of the field and gained his second individual tournament title of the year. In 2013, Sandoval and Steiner met in the third place bout of the California Interscholastic Federation with Sandoval winning the match 8-4.
The TCW congratulates Martin for earning Wrestler-of-the-Week.


West Hills To Host The Golden Eagle Invitational

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Sep 252015


Photo by John Sachs
By Pablo Di Maria
LEMOORE, Calif. – The Golden Eagle Arena will be packed this Saturday when some of the top programs in the California Community College Athletic Association come together to take part in the Golden Eagle Invitational. Defending team state champions Cerritos College and runner-up Fresno City, will be there along with Mt. Sac College and Chabot College.
At 125-pounds, we might see a finals match between Adrian Camposano of Fresno City and Gio Castillo of Mt. Sac College. Last season, Camposano defeated Castillo 12-7 in the semifinal of the CCCAA state championship to finish as the state runner-up; Castillo when on to place third in the tournament.
At 141 pounds, 2010 CCCAA state champion Esteban Cabanas is back to the college scene after a five year hiatus. He is more mature and hasn’t lost his wrestling skills and technique as he is still undefeated on the season. The Outstanding wrestler of the KLS Air Express Wrestling Tournament at Sacramento City College, Jonas Gaytan of Fresno City, should be one of the favorites to challenge Cabanas for the individual championship.
The fans in attendance might see two returning CCCAA state champions wrestle each other in the finals of this event at 149-pounds. They’re Martine Sandoval of Fresno City and Terrill Sidner of Mt. Sac. Sandoval was a state champion in 2013 while Sidner won his state championship last season at 141 pounds. However, let’s not forget about Voris Meeks of Cerritos College as he is a previous state place winner.
A weight class that fans should follow is the heavyweight division. Four returning state place winners Casey Jones of Fresno City, Jesse Gomez of Cerritos College, Andrew Cruz of Mt. Sac and Josh Davis of Bakersfield College should wrestle in this event.
Before the tournament starts, West Hills will take on East Los Angeles Friday night at 6 p.m. in a dual at the Golden Eagle Arena. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9 AM.
Some of the top wrestlers in the CCCAA who will likely be in attendance include the following.
125 lbs.
Adrian Camposano of Fresno City
Gio Castillo of Mt. Sac
Julian Gaytan of Fresno City
Nick Miller of Cuesta
133 lbs.
Anthony Vargas of Cerritos College
Johnny Parada of Mt. Sac
Seth Hood of Fresno City
Darren Nguyen of Chabot College
141 lbs.
Esteban Cabanas of Cerritos College
Jonas Gaytan of Fresno City
Layne Embrey of Lassen
Modan Goldman of Skyline
149 lbs.
Martine Sandoval of Fresno City
Terrill Sidner of Mt. Sac
Voris Meeks of Cerritos College
Isaiah Alva of Fresno City
157 lbs.
Alex Aniciete of Lassen College
Luis Quintero of Cuesta College
Kody Davis of Cerritos College
Josh Annis of Fresno City
165 lbs.
Sebastian Suikowsky of Fresno City
John Villapania of Lassen College
Jacob Collins of Cerritos College
Hector Vargas of Mt. Sac
174 lbs.
Mo Naser of Fresno City
Grant Biral of Cuesta College
Ryker Coppa of Cerritos College
Blake Stevenson of Mt. Sac
184 lbs.
Taryn Christiansen of Santa Rosa College
Darian Benge of Chabot College
Kolton Martin of Mt. Sac
Nick Callendar of Cuesta College
197 lbs.
Oscar Martinez of Cerritos College
KeAndre Johnson of Mt. Sac
Will Thornton of Cuesta College
Fred Duerr of Santa Rosa College
285 lbs.
Casey Jones of Fresno City
Jesse Gomez of Cerritos College
Andrew Cruz of Mt. Sac
Josh Davis of Bakersfield College
Murrell Anderson of Chabot College
Robert Barrios of Cuesta College
Teams that will be in attendance
Cerritos College
Cuesta College
Chabot College
Delta College
East LA College
Fresno City
Lassen College
Modesto College
Mt. Sac College
Santa Rosa College
Sierra College
Shasta College
Skyline College
West Hills College

Pac-12 Networks to televise 10 wrestling events this season

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Sep 242015


SAN FRANCISCO (September 24, 2015) – This winter, the Pac-12 Networks will feature a combined fifteen events across men’s and women’s swimming & diving, and wrestling, including all Pac-12 Championship meets.
Wrestling will start its season on the Networks on Sunday, November 22 when Penn State travels to Stanford at 1 p.m. PT. The Cardinal, including 2015 Freestyle Junior World Champion bronze medalist Nathan Butler, will appear on the schedule four times prior to the Conference championship. The Arizona State Sun Devils will receive their first telecast date on Friday, January 15 against the Iowa State Cyclones at 7 p.m. PT. Three additional ASU matches and three Oregon State matches round out the regular season schedule. The Pac-12 Championship will air live from ASU on Saturday, February 27 at 5 p.m. PT.
2015-2016 Pac-12 Networks Wrestling Telecast Schedule
Date/Matchup/Time (PT)

11/22 Penn State at Stanford 1:00 PM
12/17 CSU Bakersfield at Stanford 5:00 PM
1/15 Iowa State at ASU 7:00 PM
1/16 Wyoming at Oregon State 1:30 PM
1/23 West Virginia at ASU 10:00 AM
1/23 West Virginia vs Stanford (at ASU) 12:00 PM
1/23 Stanford at ASU 2:00 PM
1/29 Oregon State at ASU 4:00 PM
2/21 Boise State at Oregon State 11:00 AM
2/27 Pac-12 Championships at ASU 5:00 PM


 History  Comments Off on RAMS ON THE HUNT FOR A STATE TITLE
Sep 242015
Choach Paul Keyshawn teaching proper technique to Sebastian Setowski and Amir Jon Naser in the Wrestling room on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Photo/Larry Valenzuela
                                                           Photo courtesy of Larry Valenzuela
Article by Michael Melendez
The wrestling season is set to begin and the Fresno City College team is on the hunt for a California state championship.
After finishing the past two seasons in second place, the Rams are determined to make this year the year they finally get over the hump and get what they feel should have been theirs a couple of seasons ago.
Fresno City College is one of the premiere community college athletic programs in the nation that brings in athletes all over the central valley. The Rams have won 12 California state championships, with the last one coming in 2011. The Rams are considered heavy favorites of winning state this season.
Leading the charge is veteran head coach Paul Keysaw who has been at FCC since 2006. Since Keysaw has had the reins, the team has won six state championships.
“Preparation plus opportunity equals luck,” Keysaw said. “I’ve been prepping for this day since we finished second in state last year.”
One of the things that helps a coach attain success at his job is having veteran athletes set the tone for newcomers. The FCC team has 15 returning wrestlers, some of them, like Will Gockel-Figge, have won individual state champions.
Both the players and coaches say the family bond with each other is key to their success. The more they sharpen their craft together, the better they will become on the mat.
Martine Sandoval said the relationship between him and his teammates has helped him progress as a wrestler.
“This team is like a brotherhood,” Sandoval said. “They help me with every practice by polishing my strengths and sharpening my weaknesses.”
Before they can step on the mat to face their opponents, they first have to take on their biggest opponent — themselves. Each wrestler has his own special pre-match routine or ritual that pumps them up and allows them to zone in and focus on their opponent. Freshman Cody Goshman said he takes steps to get ready before each match.
“I like to kid around and tell jokes; I like listening to Celine Dion before every match, it calms me down,” Goshman said. “Once I get out there, the switch turns on.”
Both the coaching staff and the wrestlers have high expectations — state championship or bust. They want a state championship as a team as well as individually. The team has finished second in state in the past two seasons and will not accept finishing second again.
“That’s our goal; that’s our only goal. We finished second the past two seasons and this is their year,” Keyshaw said.  “I hope I can be the coach to give them that wonderful feeling,”
“It would mean a lot,” Sandoval said. “That’s my goal this year, and trying to get the team a title this year.”
“It would bring together why I came here,” Goshman said. “I came here to be state champion, nothing less.”